Mystery wart on backside of new Hopper

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    Somewhat

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    Apologies if this is redundant, but couldn't seem to come up with the correct search term to get any useful result.
    Just received a new HwS to replace a 5+ year old one with failing hard drive. Mounted on the back and plugged into the top USB port is a little "black box" module with inscription warning to leave it there. No other instruction or mention anywhere else, and it is something that the old unit never had. Was wondering if anyone here would be so kind as to offer a clue.
    Thanks

    Yeah, they don't let me out much these days.......
     
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    James Long

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    scooper

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    Yes the Hopper SNAP device accelerates certain on-screen things (most notably EPG and menu items). The one SNAP device is good for all your Joeys as well. Not needed on the Hopper3.
     
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    Thank you James and Scoop --- mystery solved, and without having to call in, endure the "hold" noise while doing the long wait, and having to contend with a csr that most likely knows little but insists they know all (my usual experience, anyway). I thank you, and my blood pressure thanks you.
     
  5. P Smith

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    any chance post pictures of it ?
     
  6. James Long

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    It is a sealed unit that looks like the picture above.

    (No, don't expect anyone to crack one open for you. :D )
     
  7. P Smith

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    I'll pay you for it !!! To crack it open and get micro/zoomed pictures ! $5 :p by Fry's gift card.
     
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    a frys gift card:D. when was the last time you were in frys i was in there 3 weeks ago and the place looked like a ghost towno_O. there was hardly any product on the shelves:(
     
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    I think they’re getting ready to shut down. We have two here and they’re both dead.
     
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    Nearest Frys 150 miles.
     
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    I think you'd find the photos pretty boring. The SNAP most likely just uses one of several single chip graphic processors along with a few support components. The real magic is in the software that tells the rest of the system how to use it.
     
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    BOM would be first goal, then we could pull its FW from EEPROM if it's there ...
     
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    damn ! It was my primary shopping place in Bay Area for many many years :( yeah last time I visited there 5 years ago ...
     
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    my triangle was Palo Alto, Brokaw and Campbell … sometimes all three been visited during one trip :)
     
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    And that brings up the question of "Why"? Graphics processors are certainly nothing new, and the SNAP implementation nothing unique. Add-on graphics processors have been a staple in the computer world for many years. There are even numerous articles online about adding a USB connected eGPU setup to a laptop for instance, for advanced gaming performance. I'm not sure what you expect to learn by breaking down a SNAP, but if you're so inclined, buy one and take a hammer to it... ;)
     
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    It occurred to me that I do have pictures of the SNAP, if that will help your quest...

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  19. Eva

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    Went to one about a year ago and it was getting empty in there.
     

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